LaunchedNovember 2010
Status: On life support 

In response to Facebook's horrible privacy policies, the Kickstarter project, Diaspora, was started. It aimed to be a social network that would be a Facebook-killer. The developers said: "Our distributed design means no big corporation will ever control Diaspora. Diaspora will never sell your social life to advertisers, and you won’t have to conform to someone’s arbitrary rules or look over your shoulder before you speak." 

They raised a ton of money off Kickstarter, but the four founders found themselves pushed up against the wall with expectations. When they finally got around to releasing it, its first public reveal was a disaster: it looked like Google+ with less features than Facebook. The website was shut down after one of the founders, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, killed himself. Now it is attempting to be revived by volunteers.